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OLN HD

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from an OLN Mod at the OLN TV forum:

OLN is producing one game a week in HD, which will be made available to all of our cable and satellite providers. Please check with your provider to find out where they will be offering OLN's HD games.
I checked with my sources at Comcast in the Detroit area, and they have no idea what is going on with any HD offerings. This could be a last minute, seach for a channel type deal.

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NHL Fresh Ice

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The National Hockey League returns to NBC this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET with a season preview special NHL Fresh Ice: 2005-06 Season Preview. NBC's lead NHL broadcast team, Mike "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play), John Davidson (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter), joined by studio host Bill Clement, analyze the upcoming season focusing on key storylines and the new rule changes, designed to increase the speed and flow of the game. Segments in NHL Fresh Ice: 2005-06 Season Preview, include: * JD visits Mario Lemieux and rookie sensation Sidney Crosby at the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp to examine Crosby's adjustment to the NHL after a storied junior hockey career. * Clement visits Philadelphia Flyers camp as netminder Robert Esche experiments with NBC's "goalie cam," a tiny camera embedded in goaltenders' masks, which will be unveiled exclusively on NBC in January. * Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky previews his first year as an NHL coach with the Phoenix Coyotes. * A look at the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning and what it will take for them to repeat. * McGuire visits "Hockeytown" with Detroit Red Wings star forward Brendan Shanahan.

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Rebuilding Without Your Superstar

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This sure is a wacky way to build a Stanley Cup contender. Rebuild your team from the ground up with grit, veteran scoring, a blue-chip goaltending prospect, and a big defense with lots of offensive upside, and then refuse to sign your best player. Uh, wait a minute. Actually, it doesn't seem like the way to build a Cup contender at all. After deftly refurbishing his team since the end of the 2003-04 season, Atlanta GM Don Waddell has become immobilized on the single-most important element in transforming the Thrashers from perpetual pretenders to legitimate Cup threat: signing star forward Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Speaking His Mind

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Wednesday evening, so let's play a little game of "Who Said This". To reveal the answer, just click here or read the whole article. from Time,

I’ve always had a great respect for old time musicians and the Grand Ole Opry and the tradition, it’s just such a great forum, and not just American, but Canadian, too. We had guys like Hank Snow, and he was singing songs like The Good Ole Hockey Game, before the NHL failed and started to change the rules of the game because they screwed up the strike last year, and now they’ve changed the whole way hockey is. It’s a complete joke. The only reason I go to hockey games is because I get to go with Ben. But now that they’ve changed the rules, I’m wondering how I’m going to explain to Ben that I don’t want to go to the hockey games anymore. I know my dad would be going nuts. These people changed the rules just for TV money, and it’s a joke. They have no respect for the game. Anyway, that’s a different subject.

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NHL 2006 Official Guide

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The NHL's 2006 Official Guide and Record Book comes out next week and will feature two different covers. The one available to hockey fans in bookstores will have Mario Lemieux and phenom Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins on the cover while the edition sent to media and team officials will have the Stanley Cup and 30 team logos. The guide traditionally has a player from the defending Stanley Cup champions on the cover and that's why Dave Andreychuk of the Tampa Bay Lightning graced last year's edition for the wiped-out 2004-05 season. In addition, the Calgary market will have a special edition cover of the guide, marking the Flames' 25th season playing in that city. The NHL wisely decided to wait as long as possible to go to print with this year's guide in order to get the rosters as updated as can be after a flurry of player moves over the last two months. Sidenote to Kukla's Korner reader penguinsfan, there you go, more pressure on you!!!

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Hoping The NHL Will Be Fun Again

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One point I strongly agree with is the NHL has not created the "Big Splash" many of us expected. Maybe that is a good thing though, because the first 20 or so games may be difficult to watch while players, coaches and refs adjust to the new rules. from MSNBC,

The NHL is coming back, and it’s like getting back together with an old flame after a lengthy and nasty break-up. You’re thrilled at the prospect of meeting again, but a little nervous about what you might see. You don’t want to forgive, but you know when you set eyes on the object of your affection, that you’ll be hopelessly smitten again. There had been promises that this time, it would be different, but would it really? That’s the question, because if this is the same person as before, it’s not going to work. No, this time it has to be different. This time, it has to be new and a commitment to everything that’s beautiful about what was. The NHL hasn’t done a very good job of selling itself to its spurned fans. It made a big deal about a lot of new rules, but it hasn’t pumped up the season that’s almost upon us. It hasn’t cranked up the P.R. machine, rolled out the “Hockey’s Back” ads, hasn’t staged an event in Central Park or downtown Toronto or Vancouver or Dallas or anywhere that I’ve read about.

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Keep An Eye On These Games

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from the CP via Yahoo, Ten games you won't want to miss this year and four game you will miss:

1. Calgary vs. Tampa. No 2004 Stanley Cup rematch. 2. Detroit vs. Toronto. One the NHL's great rivalries won't hit the ice. 3. Anaheim vs. New Jersey. Longtime Devils star Scott Niedermayer won't face his former team. 4. Crosby in Western Canada. The kid won't play in Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver.

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Fast Forward To June- Pens Win Cup

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from the CP via Canada.com.

The 2005-06 NHL season will end with Mario Lemieux hoisting the Stanley Cup. At least that's the outcome of a season simulation by the developers of the PC hockey management game, NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005. The simulation sees Pittsburgh winning the Presidents' Trophy as the team with the best regular season record. The Penguins then cut a swath through the playoffs before sweeping the Dallas Stars in the final.

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Kronwall Could Be Out A While

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from the Detroit Free Press,

The Red Wings are waiting to find out just how long they will be without top-four defenseman Niklas Kronwall, but based on early indications, the news could be bad. Kronwall suffered an injury to his left knee with a handful of seconds left in the first period of Tuesday’s game at Denver after being hit into the boards by Dan Hinote. “Anytime a guy’s face is sheet-white after something happens, with a guy like Nik, something’s wrong,” coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday after the team’s morning skate. “We’re hoping that we get a way better report than we did from the doctor last night at the game today with the MRI. But realistically, he looks like he’s going to be out for a while.”

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XM Plans NHL Channel This Fall

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XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading provider of satellite radio, will begin broadcasting National Hockey League (NHL) games on October 5, the opening day of the NHL's 2005-2006 season. Live play-by-play coverage of NHL games will be carried on XM channels 204 through 209. Later this fall, XM will introduce a dedicated NHL radio channel featuring original programming that will focus on all aspects of the sport. NHL games and the NHL channel will be available to all XM subscribers for no additional charge. Under its recent ten-year agreement with the NHL, XM will become the exclusive satellite radio network of the NHL beginning with the 2007-2008 season. NHL games and XM's NHL channel will be available in Canada in the coming months through XM's partner Canadian Satellite Radio (CSR), which is funding a portion of the agreement. CSR has been awarded a license to distribute satellite radio in Canada, as recently approved by the Federal Cabinet.

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